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    Internet users woke up to a sprightly new doodle on the Google home page – five bouncing clay balls which quickly take the shape of Gumby and gang, the animated characters from America’s hit television series which went on air in the 50s.

    * Google Honours Art Clokey with Gumby Doodle

    New Delhi, Oct 12:

    The doodle is a tribute to Gumby creator Arthur 'Art’ Clokey, who was instrumental in popularising stop motion clay animation. He died in January 2010 and October 12 would have been his 90th birthday. Stop motion refers to an animation technique, under which an object, say a clay figure, is moved in small increments between separate photographed frames, leading to an illusion of movement when seen in a running sequence.

    Besides the star of the show, the jade-coloured clayboy 'Gumby’ who is seen waving on the Google homepage, the interactive doodle also features other characters of the series, including his horse friend 'Pokey’, the mischievous blockheads named 'J’ and 'G’, a little yellow dinosaur 'Prickle’, and blue flying mermaid 'Goo’. The interactive stop motion clay doodle has been created by the Clokey Productions Premavision Studios.

    Gumby first appeared in the 1953 short film Gumbasia, and became a hit on NBC through late 50s and early 60s. The show stopped in 1967 due to some problems. But it resumed with new episodes in the 80s on Fox, with reruns on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network in the 90s. The series has been off the air since 2001.

    “The Google doodle is the perfect tribute to my father’s work…his life and film career were ahead of their time,” said Mr Joe Clokey, Art Clokey’s son.

    Last month, the Google homepage featured six colourful and interactive muppets, a tribute to muppet creator, director and producer, late Jim Henson. In the past, other memorable doodles have been tributes to Charlie Chaplin, Martha Graham and John Lennon. But the biggest hit to date was one that marked 30 years of Pac-Man. Another eye-ball grabber was a playable doodle in honour of legendary electric-guitar inventor Les Paul that allowed users to strum an online guitar, and even record and replay the notes.
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